A basic, functional and good value electric toothbrush.
It is one of the few powered by removable AA batteries.
Whilst it does the job, unless you need an AA powered toothbrush there are ‘better’ buys.
- 1 cleaning mode
- Powered by AA batteries
- Long battery life
- 2 handles and heads included
- Good value
- Spongy power button
- No timer or pacer
- Stiff battery cover
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The 3 BIG questions about the Solimo Total Power Battery Powered Toothbrush
If you are short of time, the answers to the following 3 questions should let you know all you need to about the Solimo Total Power toothbrush. If I have missed something, let me know in the comments.
If you want more detail, you can read my full Solimo battery powered toothbrush review further down the page.
1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?
It would be unfair to suggest that there is anything drastically wrong, because there isn’t.
It is simple and does the job. However, it does lack ideal features such as a timer and pacer.
2. Which other brushes should I consider?
It depends on whether you want a toothbrush with removable batteries or not.
Those with removable batteries like this Solimo are fairly similarly featured, although the TempIR Sonic is slimmer in hand.
If you are happy to have a built-in rechargeable battery then consider the Fairywill FW-507.
3. Where is the best place to buy the Solimo Total Power?
Solmio is a brand owned by Amazon, so as a result it is sold only by Amazon and you will not find this in other stores online or on the high street.
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And now for a bit more detail…
Compared to a manual toothbrush, the total power toothbrush is certainly a step up in cleaning performance, but it falls a little short of some of the better electric toothbrushes but it has benefits such as removable batteries that most others do not.
Variants of this toothbrush
The Total Power from Solimo comes in 2 different colours options.
You have a blue and white coloured handle and a pink and white handle.
However, the way in which this brush is sold means that you get 1 of each colour included in the pack.
At the time of writing you can’t buy just the blue and white or just the pink and white.
What’s in the box?
- 2 x Total power battery powered toothbrush
- 2 x Clean Plus brush heads
- 4 x AA batteries
- 2 brush handles
- Removable batteries
- Replaceable brush heads
Pro & Cons
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- 1 cleaning mode – Simple and effective cleaning.
- AA batteries – Powered by easy to source and replace 2 x AA batteries
- Long battery life – It should be months between needing to replace the batteries.
- 2 handles and heads – Standard package comes with 2 handles and a head for each.
- Good value – It is very cheap when you consider what you get.
- Spongy power button – The button to turn it on and off is not great, not the same feedback to the fingertip as you get with many others.
- No timer or pacer – No mechanism to encourage users to brush for the recommended 2 minutes.
- Stiff battery cover – The battery cover is very tight and can be difficult to remove.
Design, usability, clean & general use
The Total Power comes packaged in a fairly typical cardboard/plastic blister packaging.
On the back are very basic instructions about battery replacement and that this is not a toothbrush to be used by children under 4 years of age. Those under 8 can use it if being assisted by an adult.
Given the lack of features this brush offers, the lack of instructions is not exactly surprising. However, there is no further guidance on how to brush etc, which would have been a nice touch.
Although you have to purchase a pack of 2, each toothbrush comes individually packaged with a brush head, pre-fitted to the handle.
The colour scheme is fairly bold. The handle itself is made from plastic, which is a gloss white colour and there are areas on the side of the handle and around the neck where colour is introduced, either blue or pink.
These coloured areas do have a slightly soft touch finish to them because they are made of a rubber/silicone material.
They look very similar to the Oral-B Advanced Power toothbrush.
Fairly chunky in hand the brush feels solid to the touch. It is also quite weighty.
Unlike most toothbrushes that are almost perfectly round, this has much more of an oval profile. The edges are rounded, so it is not harsh in hand.
Running down the back of the handle are a number of raised plastic ridges that help the fingers grip onto the toothbrush.
There is too a small raised rubber moulding that stops the toothbrush rolling if laid on a flat surface. It is a small, but useful touch.
The toothbrush stands upright on a table top. The lower part of the brush handle is actually detachable.
This removable cap allows you to access the battery compartment in which the AA batteries sit.
To remove the cap you first need to press on the recesses that exist on the right and left side of the handle and then pull the cap off the bottom of the brush.
It is really quite stiff, which is both a good and a bad thing.
Once removed you will see how the batteries fit into the brush handle.
This is one of a select few toothbrushes that are powered by removable batteries.
You do get 2 x AA batteries included, which is good.
1 slides in with the positive terminal first whilst the other slides in with the negative terminal first.
With the cap removed, you can see the black rubber o ring that acts as a seal against moisture ingression.
The cap will only fit on one way.
Just below the neck of the brush, where the brush head attached is the power button.
There is a debossed power icon, so you can see this, but also feel it with the fingertip to know where to press.
The button functions, but the silicone/rubber covering to press it all feels quite spongy and one of the least satisfying button pressing experiences. It works, but it just feels quite different to most other toothbrushes. I fear this potentially could be a weakness of the brush long term, but only time will really tell.
A single press will turn the brush on and another single press will turn it off.
Sitting above the button is the removable brush head. It slides on and off the metal shaft that extends from the motor built into the brush handle.
The Solimo Clean Plus brush head that comes provided looks very similar to the Oral-B Precision Clean brush head. Solimo makes a whitening head and a criss cross style head also, both are very similar to Oral-B designed heads.
In fact, the Solimo head will work on an Oral-B toothbrush. Oral-B brush heads do not work on the Solimo though.
The heads have a coloured ring, to match the brush handle.
Quite impressive considering the price is the fact that the bristles on the brush head fade to alert you about wear and replacement.
On average you should replace your brush head every 3 months, but the blue bristles that fade to a white/translucent colour act as a reminder that it is time to change.
Despite the different styles of brush heads that Solimo offers for this toothbrush, quite honestly this works well enough.
The bristles feel to me to be firmer rather than softer. The very tight clustering of the bristles likely gives the whole head a feel of being a little stiffer than it is. But, if you like soft bristles this probably isn’t the ideal brush head.
Solimo does not specifically make a soft or sensitive style brush head.
When in use there is just 1 cleaning mode which is nice and simple. Ultimately it is all you need.
The overall clean provided by the brush is adequate. It feels more intense than a manual toothbrush because the brush head is moving much more. The exact number of movements, I am not sure. However, I would anticipate it to be around 7-8000 per minute.
A small round brush head, it is fairly easy to move around the mouth and moves in a back and forth circular motion like Oral-B heads do. In a blind test, you would easily think this was an Oral-B toothbrush.
Although I was happy with the clean, as a long term Oral-B electric toothbrush user, the clean did not feel quite as intense and the bristles felt a touch stiffer and rougher to me.
On occasions I just noticed the odd bristles feeling like it was stabbing the gum a bit. I haven’t put the bristles under a microscope, but I wonder if the tips are not rounded like those from premium brands.
In use, it is a bit noisy making a loud vibrating/mechanical sound, and there is no timer built-in.
The brush will continue to run for as long as it is turned on for and as long as its batteries will let it.
This is not a deal breaker, if you do brush your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day with the correct technique, but a timer is a fantastic tool to help even the most experienced user continue to brush their teeth to a good standard, or at least for the recommended time.
Ultimately for the price it’s a very solid option.
Summary of design, usability, clean & general use
- 2 brushes in the package with a pink and white handle and a blue and white handle
- Solid handle with grips on it
- Spongy feeling power button
- Removable base to access batteries – difficult to remove
- 2 x AA batteries supplied
- 1 cleaning mode
- No timer or pacer built-in
- Cleans the teeth well enough
- Brush head is replaceable with fading indicator bristles
Battery life and what is good or bad is subjective.
Personally I like a toothbrush to be able to last a couple of weeks, so should I go on holiday I don’t need to worry about recharging it.
Whilst others are quite happy if the battery lasts just a week or so.
The Total Power does pass my 2 week holiday test with ease.
In fact, it lasted a total of 552 minutes, which is equivalent to 276 brushing sessions, each 2 minutes in length.
This then means you will get 138 days of use from fully charged batteries.
Solimo does not make any specific mention of how long the batteries should last, but based on similar products, this battery life is not that surprising at all.
I achieved over 6 months from the Oral-B Advanced.
Admittedly as the brush surpassed 500 minutes of usage time, it did slow quite a bit, so the clean was much less powerful.
You will not need to carry a specific charging stand with you because the Solimo is powered by removable AA batteries. This makes it very easy to replace and source should you need them.
There are pros and cons to the removable batteries for sure.
This review is not a discussion for those, but the majority now have batteries built-in and are not user removable. In fact, some like the Foreo ISSA can even achieve the same battery life.
Those that do have removable batteries, quite often take just 1 battery, rather than 2.
The result is the battery life might be a little shorter, but the handle is a little slimmer.
Whilst I don’t want to encourage wasting batteries, I think a nice balance with this brush, would be as a matter of course, to replace the batteries every 3 months, when you replace the brush head, to ensure you are getting full power from the motor.
Summary of battery life
- Powered by 2 x AA batteries
- 2 batteries supplied
- Achieved over 4 months use on a set of batteries
- 138 days of brushing time
Price & where to buy
If there is a so called recommended retail price for the Solimo Total Power battery toothbrush, it is not completely clear what that is.
Price tracking tools show that the average selling price over the last year (or thereabouts) has been around £15.
There are 2 brush handles and 2 brush heads included, so this makes each working toothbrush to be about £7.50, which I think most will agree is pretty good value.
You also get 4 x AA batteries included to power the toothbrushes.
Now, most don’t need 2 brush handles, and sadly there is no option to buy just a single pack.
If we assumed you could purchase as a single, at this price, the Total Power is very similarly priced, to the Oral-B Advanced Power which it looks very similar to.
Where the Solimo then shows its extra value if you like is through the cost of the brush heads.
You do have to purchase 8 at a time, but based on the average sales price of £10 for 8 heads, each replacement head works out at approximately £1.40 each.
You will need to factor in the cost of replacement batteries, which typically work out at about 50p per battery. That is an extra cost of £1 every 3 months.
Priced over a 3 year period owning the Total Power works out at £32.50 or 3p per day.
The Oral-B equivalent is 5p per day.
In fact, equipping 2 people with the Solimo Total Power and replacement brush heads over a 3 year period works out only 1p more than the Oral-B option. This is because the cost of replacement brush heads are virtually 3 times the price of the Solimo ones.
Because Solimo is an Amazon own brand, you can purchase it only from Amazon and you will not find it on the shop shelves of your local supermarket or pharmacy.
Please note that all prices quoted are approximates and will vary based on location, supplier and time of purchase. These figures were correct at the time of writing and should not be relied upon as hard fact, but used as a guide during your decision process.
Summary of price & where to buy
- Typical purchase price is £15 for 2 brush handles and heads
- Replacement brush heads sold in packs of 8
- Each brush head works out at approximately £1.40
- Total ownership over 3 years is just 3p per day
- Essentially half the price of the Oral-B equivalent
Reliability & long term use
I tested this brush for a relatively short period, so I can’t speak honestly about the long term durability and reliability of this brush.
Given the price, I don’t think you can expect this to last more than a few years at best. The slightly awkward power button might fail. But I have no evidence to say otherwise.
The cap to the battery cover is tight which should help keep moisture out and ensure it continues to work.
If it does go wrong, you may be able to complain to Amazon. It is not clear how long the warranty is, there is zero reference to such on the product page or on the box it comes in, but I suspect it will be supported for some time.
It does what it needs to do for the price it is offered at.
It would be nice if it had a built-in timer and pacer, even if that pushed the price up a little.
Basic and functional, it is one of a few brushes powered by AA batteries.
Whilst it does the job, unless you need an AA powered toothbrush there are ‘better’ buys, such as the Fairywill FW-507.
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- Height (without head) – 17.5cm
- Height (with head) – 21.5cm
- Width – 2.5cm
- Thickness – 3.5cm
- Weight (with head & batteries) – 137g
All are approximates
- Is the Solimo Total Power an oscillating brush?
- Yes, the brush head oscillates and rotates in a side to side circular motion.
- What brushing/cleaning modes are available?
- The brush has only 1 cleaning mode.
- What brush head does Total Power come with and what alternative ones can be used?
- The Solimo Total Power comes with 2 x Clean Plus brush heads.
- Other brush head styles include:
- Criss Cross
- Replacement brush heads can be purchased in packs of 8.
- Does the Solimo Total Power have a pressure sensor?
- No, it does not.
- Does the Total Power have Bluetooth?
- No, it does not.
- Does it come with a travel case?
- No, a travel case is not included in the box.
- Does it come with a charger?
- No. A charger is not required as it is powered by AA batteries.
- How long does the battery last?
- The exact battery life will depend on the batteries you use and the brushing time. However, as a general guide, expect the Total Power to last 552 minutes.
- This is equivalent to 276 brushing sessions of 2 minutes in length.
- Or 138 days of use based on 2 cleans per day.
Do you own or have you used the Solimo Total Power battery toothbrush.
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